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4 Fort Hood Soldiers' Bodies Found

Army death count reaches 9 in Texas disaster
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 4, 2016 5:19 AM CDT
4 Fort Hood Soldiers' Bodies Found
Mia Le walks down Aqua Vista Drive past flooded townhouses as she tries to make her way home Thursday, June 2, 2016 near Kingwood, Texas.   (Michael Ciaglo)

The Army says the bodies of four missing Fort Hood soldiers whose truck was swept away in a rain-swollen creek during training have been found, bringing the total dead to nine, the AP reports. Maj. Gen. John Uberti says the last bodies were found Friday, a day after the 2½-ton truck overturned in Owl Creek at Fort Hood. Three more soldiers were injured in the training exercise at the sprawling Army base in Central Texas. Fort Hood spokesman John Miller says a crossing was flooded after two days of heavy rains and that the swift floodwaters swept the Light Medium Tactical Vehicle from the road. Central and Southeast Texas have been inundated with rain in recent days, and more than half of the state is under flood watches or warnings.

At least six other people have died in recent floods in the state. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is urging people in flooded areas of the state to heed warnings when they're told to evacuate and to not drive through high water or around barricades. Abbott gave a briefing Friday after taking an aerial tour of flooded Fort Bend and Brazoria counties, south of Houston. He says he's seen and heard too many stories of people being trapped in rising waters. The governor says the accident at Fort Hood demonstrates that even trained soldiers can be swept away. (More Texas stories.)

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